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Thursday, June 25, 2015

DERBY CLASH

Sports: The second edition of the local derby between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC kicks off on Sunday at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx (5 pm, ESPN2) and adding to the intrigue of this local rivalry is the reversal of fortunes of the MLS teams involved. Comment.

Hoop league in full swing

Sports: Now that the National Basketball Association schedule is over, most of the attention goes on building for next season and the free agent market during the off season. Comment.

Tridents defeat Amazon Warriors

Caribbean: The Caribbean Premier League started in flying colors with the Tridents defeating the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The Tridents scored 158 runs for 6 wickets in their 20 overs with captain Kieron Pollard scoring 48 runs from 26 balls. Comment.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bolt wins but unhappy

Sports: Despite being victorious, Jamaican Usain Bolt was disappointed with his New York appearance this time around. All eyes were centered on him to see if he would make a successful come back. Remember, Bolt holds the world record of 19.19 in the 200 meters set in 2009. He wanted to break it, if he could. Comment.

FIFA’S GOOD MOVE

Sports: It’s not all bad news from FIFA, soccer world governing body, embroiled in recent corruption scandals. FIFA’s decision to expand the 2015 Women’s World Cup, presently playing in Canada, from 18 to 24 teams was a good move and proved historical. Comment.

West Indies Cricket in turmoil

Sports: The multiple problems that surround West Indies Cricket continue to expand thus creating a damaging image for the region and the West Indies Cricket Board. Comments (4).

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Windies’ Player of the Year

Caribbean: Barbadian off-spinner Sulieman Benn was named West Indies’ Player of the Year for the 2013-2014 season in the West Indies Cricket Board’s annual awards function in Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday night, June 10, 2015. Comment.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

USA DEFEATS AUSTRALIA

Sports: The CONCACAF teams at the 2015 Women’s World Cup presently being played in cities throughout Canada turned in good results so far with the USA and Canada getting wins in their opening games. Mexico was unfortunate not to get a win versus Colombia; ditto Costa Rica against Spain. Both had to settle for draws. Comment.

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Chanderpaul’s mistreatment

Guyana: Guyana’s new Minister of Sport Dr. Rupert Roopnarine, has described as “distressing” the axing of veteran Guyana and West Indies middle order batsman Shivanarine Chanderpaul from the regional squad for the tour against Australia, which started in Dominica last Wednesday. Comment.

Windies Test captaincy needs an overhaul

Caribbean: West Indies Test Captain Denesh Ramdin is not a decisive and skillfull leader. He falls short on taking important actions when they are needed. Apart from the lousy batting display from the West Indies, the captaincy was so bad in the first Test match in Dominica that it did not help the team. Comment.

Modest heads to state meet

Sports: Uniondale High School’s junior Cleveland Modest qualified to compete in the annual New York State track and field Championships this weekend in upstate Albany. Comment.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Four pacers must be in final eleven

Caribbean: It is quite fitting for the West Indies selectors to include four pacers for the first Test match starting June 3 against Australia at Windsor Park in Dominica. West Indies selectors should take this opportunity and put on show four fast bowlers and assess their performances playing in one team. Comments (1).

Friday, June 5, 2015

USA justice unravels FIFA

Sports: The USA to the rescue — again! It’s ironic that the USA, with its men’s team still trying to find its footing in the world game and which has little influence in the administration of world soccer, is the country that many believe may have just saved the game. Comment.

Junior league in full swing

Sports: This is the time of the year when the youngsters are on the outdoor tennis courts and for the beginers to learn the sport. They try to move up the ladder. Comment.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Jamaican Patriot scores touchdown in Super-Bowl

People: Without apologies, Jamaicans are known to toot their own horn. And on Super-Bowl Sunday earlier this year, Jamaicans on the island huddled in clubs, sports bars and private homes to whistle, cheer and applaud throughout the National Football League’s showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Comment.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PREFONTAINE CLASSIC

Grenada: EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Kirani James won the 400 meters Saturday in the Prefontaine Classic, pulling away from a strong field at Hayward Field. Comment.

Friday, May 29, 2015

WICB engages in public outreach

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will stage a series of town-hall meetings over the next three months across the region as it seeks to engage the public regarding challenges facing the regional game. Comment.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FIFA officials,corporate execs indicted

Trinidad and Tobago: A 47-count indictment was unsealed on Wednesday, May 27 in federal court in Brooklyn charging 14 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses, in connection with the defendants’ participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer. The guilty pleas of four individual defendants and two corporate defendants were also unsealed on Wednesday. Comment.

Global soccer figures indicted

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Member of Parliament (MP) and Leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner, has been named among several powerful global soccer figures facing charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering. Comment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dave Cameron overrides Lloyd’s decision

Sports: The veteran Guyanese cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul apparently was not chosen to join the camp in Barbados in preparation for the Test Series against Australia starting Wednesday, June 3 in Dominica. Chanderpaul was not in the camp and indications were that he was not going to be in the squad for the first Test match. Comment.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Barbadian, 81, becomes oldest polo player

Sports: Sir Charles Williams got back on the horse! Comment.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Caribbean Cup kicks off in Flatbush

New York: The local Caribbean Cup tournament kicks off its 24th season on Sunday, May 24 at the Thomas Jefferson High School Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn. The opening day’s top billing will feature last year’s beaten finalist, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, against a difficult Antigua and Barbuda team, starting at 5 pm. The preceding matchup is a clash between the French and the Spanish, as the always talented Haiti takes on a very promising Panama squad. Comment.

Andrew ‘Six Heads’ Lewis dies

Caribbean: Guyanese and international superstar boxing champion Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis, who was on the cusp of making a comeback in the ring, died tragically while riding his motorbike on the East Bank Demerara, in his homeland. Comment.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Windies Women Squad

Caribbean: The experienced duo of Stacy Ann King and Afy Fletcher, as well as rookie all-rounder Chinelle Henry have been recalled to the West Indies Women’s cricket squad for a tour of Sri Lanka later this month. Comment.

BULLS BEAT NYCFC

Sports: If there are any doubts as to whether there is a legitimate New York/New Jersey MLS Derby, you can now put those doubts to rest. Last Sunday night’s New York Red Bulls-New York City Football Club MLS match-up at Red Bull Arena, the first of three this season, had all the trappings of an intense local derby brewing. Amidst all the intense trappings, which ignited players and fans alike, the New York Red Bulls got the all-important first dibs on area bragging rights as it outplayed New York City FC, 2-1, for a victory on two goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips. Comment.

Sports psychologist needed for WI team

Sports: It is time that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) see the need to have a full time sports psychologist with the West Indies squad. An examination of the team which has suffered many losses show not only a lack of talent but primarily low self esteem among individuals. Manager and coaches are not experts in this field and it is necessary to have someone lecture and have constant sessions with the players. I urge the WICB to see this as important for the team’s development. Comment.

Harris wins Boro title

Sports: Townsend Harris High School of Queens scored well, prevailed, showed its strength in some events, and Tuesday captured the Queens Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) outdoor borough championships. Harris picked up 118 points, and host Bayside High scored 94 for second place, almost 30 more than Springfield Garden’s third spot of 63 in field of 18 scoring schools on a delightful, slightly windy afternoon. A few athletes did extremely well and posted doubles and their parents were even in attendance and cheered on their children. Comment.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Cricket panel to review WICB

Caribbean: CARICOM and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have agreed to establish a panel to conduct a review of the government’s structure of the board. Comment.

Friday, May 8, 2015

DERBY DAY

Sports: Sunday, May 10, is ‘Derby Day’ when both local MLS teams go toe-to-toe for bragging right in the New York / New Jersey metropolitan area. The New York Red Bulls will host New York City FC at its haven - Red Bull Arena in Harrison (NJ), a place where the Red Bulls seldom lose - in the first of three MLS matchups between the clubs this season. The nationally televised showdown will kick off at 7:00 p.m. on Fox Sports One. Comment.

West Indies has multiple areas of concern

Sports: West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has been out of form for a long period and that has caused a major problem with the West Indies team winning. Jerome Taylor was left with the heavy burden of trying to get the opposition out and inexperienced opening batsmen caused the team many setbacks early in the match. Kraigg Braithwaite so far has done a reasonable good job as an opening batsman but has problems with the lifting ball and edging too much to the slips. Comment.

Doubles netter seeks title

Sports: It’s been a team effort with all five positions coming out victorious and some bye big scores at St. Francis Prep High School as its tennis team seeks a title. With two players already committing to college, one member of the tennis team Justin Belnavis still hasn’t made up his mind about whether he stays locally or goes out of town. Comment.

Friday, May 1, 2015

St. Francis looks ahead

Sports: This is the time of the year when college basketball players and coaches receive recognition for their accomplishments on the court. Usually it is in the form of plaques or trophies to go along with an award ceremony. Comment.

Vincentian athletes’ best performance

St Vincent: After competing over the last weekend, for the fifth consecutive year, in the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia, athletes from the Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have recorded their best performance to date in the century-old games. Comment.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

ENGLAND BEATS WINDIES

Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) _ Inspired by James Anderson’s fiery burst with the second new ball and his brilliance in the field, England defeated the West Indies by nine wickets on the last day Saturday of the second cricket Test. Comment.

West Indies players lack enthusiasm

Sports: The breakdown of West Indies Cricket continues as England go 1 - 0 in three scheduled Test matches. The first Test match was drawn in Antigua and England won the second Test in Grenada. The third and final Test match is set for the Kensington Oval, Barbados. Comment.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ballance & Root pick up pace for England, Cook out for 76

Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) _ An aggressive, unbroken partnership of 89 between Gary Ballance and Joe Root put England back on course for a sizeable first-innings lead over the West Indies on day three Thursday of the second test. England was 253-3 at tea, trailing West Indies by 46 runs at the National Stadium. Comment.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jefferson does well in meet

Sports: While Ryan Clifford of MacArthur High School in Long Island captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Akeem Aaron, a junior at Thomas Jefferson of Brooklyn, finished second in the same event, to start the day’s action off in the Knight-Time Invitational Track and Field meet conducted by Uniondale High School also of Long Island. Comment.

Cricket photo of the year

Caribbean: An image of Trinidad cricketer and former West Indies One-Day International captain Dwayne Bravo taking full-length catch in mid-air has been named the Wisden-MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year 2014. Comment.

Shannon Gabriel must be in the Test squad

Sports: Clive Lloyd and his selection staff must see the importance for an additional fast bowler in the West Indies team against England. Jerome Taylor is bowling fine with some degree of pace, but Kemar Roach is not in the best of form and this continues to affect the team. Roach failed to put on a good showing in South Africa during the 2015 World Cup and also now against England in this Test Series. Comment.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CONCACAF president re-elected unopposed

Sports: NASSAU, Bahamas (Thursday, April 16, 2015) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) celebrated today its 30th Ordinary Congress and 21st Extra Ordinary Congress in the Bahamas, confirming President Jeffrey Webb to a second term in office while focusing on continuing reforms that have strengthened the organization. Other members of CONCACAF’s Executive Committee were also elected. Comment.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NAIL-BITING DRAW

Sports: NORTH SOUND, Antigua (AP) _ An unbeaten 103 by Jason Holder helped West Indies salvage a nail-biting draw against England in the first test Friday, spoiling James Anderson’s celebrations after becoming his country’s record wicket taker. Comment.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Grenada to host Under-17 Women’s football Championship in 2016

Grenada: Miami —The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football announced today that Grenada will host the 2016 Under-17 Women’s Championship, which has been scheduled for March of next year. Comment.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cameron cheers West Indies cricket

Caribbean: West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron has hailed the Caribbean side for the recent Test win against England in the final of the three-match series at Kensington Oval, Barbados. Comment.